Legislation

  • Brought the DEP and DCNR to the table concerning the dilapidated and dangerous Monsour Hospital and worked to acquire the state funding that helped Westmoreland County with the demolition. Westmoreland County brought the building down 2 weeks ago.
  • Prime Sponsored the Middle Income Student Grant Program. For the first time students whose families income falls above the poverty line, but don’t make enough to help with college or technical school, will be eligible for grants. Signed into law.
  • Prime sponsor of SB1131 which increases penalties for those in possession of 3 or more EBT cards that aren’t issued to them. This is an attempt to stop people from selling their cards to drug dealers in exchange for drugs or cash, and to also stop people from trying to sell their cards to vendors in exchange for cash. Pending.
  • Prime Sponsored the Mechanics Lien bill that protects homeowners from having liens arbitrarily placed on them as a result of unscrupulous contractors who prey on homeowners. Signed into law.
  • Prime Sponsored a Bill that will make budget negotiations open to the public if the budget isn’t passed by the June 30 deadline. The bill will bring transparency to the taxpayers and a greater accountability to the legislators. Pending.
  • Prime Sponsor of a Bill that would stop pay checks, per diems and expense reimbursement when a budget isn’t passed by June 30. Those included will be legislators, cabinet secretaries and the Governor’s budget secretary. Pending.
  • Prime sponsored SB330 which makes it easier for municipalities to take action on blighted properties. Signed into law.
  • Co-sponsored the Prescription Drug monitoring bill that established a database in order to track and regulate the over prescribing of controlled substances. Requires Attorney General or active criminal investigation involvement in order to protect patient privacy. Signed into law.
  • Prime Sponsor of the Narcan Bill. Rolled into another bill and Signed into law.
  • Prime Sponsored the Child Abuse Task Force Resolution that resulted in changing some of the weak child abuse laws to better protect children from physical and sexual abuse. Signed and executed.
  • Prime Sponsored the E-Verify bill requiring all contractors and subcontractors on publicly funded projects verify that their employees are legally permitted to work in Pennsylvania. Signed into law.
  • Prime Sponsored the Bill making Taxpayer Funded Methadone Treatment transportation more accountable through limitation measures saving the Commonwealth millions of dollars in waste. Signed into law.
  • Prime Sponsored the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Bill. Signed into law.